New automotive momentum for HD Radio


iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD RadioT technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, today announced significant momentum for HD Radio installations across a broad cross-section including automakers, auto dealers and aftermarket retailers.

With the recent announcement by Mercedes-Benz of factory installs of HD Radio receivers on select 2009 model-year vehicles, the list of automakers offering factory install grows to nearly a dozen. Those who announced offerings of HD Radio receivers as factory-installed equipment are BMW (entire product line, including 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series models, as well as X3, X5, and Z4), Ford (all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles), Hyundai (Genesis rear-wheel drive premium sports sedans), MINI USA (MINI Cooper and Cooper S hardtops), Toyota (Scion), Volvo (C30, C70, S40 T5, S80, V50 T5, V70, XC70 and XC90 models) and Jaguar (luxury XJ sedan).

Mercedes now offers factory installation of HD Radio equipment within its new-generation telematics systems, found in several of its 2009 model-year vehicles. HD Radio reception is part of Mercedes-Benz’s new generation of entertainment systems developed for its M-, R-, GL-, G-Class SUVs and E-Class vehicles.

Hyundai Motor America is offering HD Radio equipment standard with its navigation-equipped 2009 Genesis models.

Momentum is also gaining at the dealer level, with Ford’s Accessory Group now underway with an innovative upgrade program for most models using product from AAMP of America’s Peripheral brand. The Peripheral product allows for control of the HD Radio tuner and an iPod directly from the factory radio. The Peripheral product consists of the PXAMG Gateway, HDRT HD Radio Tuner, iPod cable and vehicle harness.

Additionally, Peripheral announced that its Gateway and HD Radio tuners are available for installation on various models of Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Isuzu, Lexus, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, Scion, Toyota and VW.